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March 6, 2019 Perpetua
Perpetua, a 3D animated mural to be unveiled at Smithfield’s Haymarket Square

The National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in partnership with artist James Earley and the creative arts studio Algorithm, will today (06.03.19) launch ‘Perpetua’, a new 3D animated mural installation. This ground-breaking installation of new public artwork will be unveiled at 7.30pm on Haymarket Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7 and will remain on view until Sunday, 10th March 2019.

Supported by Dublin City Council, the artwork will remain static during daylight hours, before coming to life between 6pm – 11pm (Thursday – Sunday) transforming into an array of colour and animation across the walls of Haymarket Square.

Earley conceptualised the project by exploring his family archive of stained glass design work, housed in the ‘Earley and Company’ archive at NIVAL. By then blending his signature stained-glass aesthetic with Algorithm’s cutting-edge projection mapping techniques, he created an artwork that plays with space and perspective to transform the mundane into the magical.

Speaking about the installation, Clare Lymer from NIVAL Digital Collections said: “We are delighted to see this innovative work explore and utilise all aspects of the NIVAL archives. Our aim is to collect, store and make accessible an unparalleled collection of archive material relating to Irish visual culture. This collaboration with James and the team at Algorithm is a fantastic example of how we can use our archives to continue to revise creative ideas and re-imagine design concepts by looking at what’s come before.”

She added: “We are encouraging the public to document the artwork on social media using the hashtag #PerpetuaMural. Images posted using this hashtag will be collected and stored by the library’s archive as documentation of ephemeral artwork. In this way, the local community can contribute to the archive and we can engage the community in our archiving processes.

“As a collaborative undertaking, this project demonstrates NIVAL’s facets as a facilitator and a collector. This newly gathered documentation will enrich our existing archive collection of street art, which is a genre that often poses difficulties to traditional archive methods due to its ephemeral nature.”

Commenting, James Earley said: “I’m very excited for the public to experience this collaborative artwork with Algorithm. We have fused our crafts to create a unique, interactive piece that we hope will inspire and push the boundaries within the realm of public art. The installation manipulates light, colour and movement to open up a portal to another world”

An original score by Simon Cullen was composed to complement the animation, making the installation a completely immersive experience.

Creative Director at Algorithm, Daniel Staines said: “We’re very proud to showcase our unique approach to projection mapping through this project. This is our first public art collaboration and working with James has encouraged us to explore a new creative process. This interactive 3D installation in Smithfield is also a great opportunity for us to connect with the Dublin 7 community, where Algorithm has been proud to call home since 2015.”

For more information visit: www.nival.ie.

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